The Feadship Heritage Fleet Board is comprised of the three founding members and the Secretary General. These gentlemen have been involved from the outset in spring 2013 and invested considerable effort and time into creating an exclusive and valuable association for classic Feadship owners.
Nonetheless, the Board would also like to receive input from fellow members on how they would like to see their association evolve. Members are invited to share their experiences and the issues faced by owners of Feadships more than 30 years old. Only by working together can we ensure that the Feadship Heritage Fleet association becomes something of truly unique added value for us all.
Chairman of the Feadship Heritage Fleet
Rory Brooks is owner with his wife Elizabeth of the 32.22-metre Heavenly Daze, launched in 1972 as Aldebaran. He is co-founder of the international private equity group MML Capital Partners, which has financed more than 90 companies. In 2005 the Rory & Elizabeth Brooks Foundation became principal benefactor of Manchester University’s Brooks World Poverty Institute. Rory is chairman of Manchester University’s Global Leadership Board, adviser to The Quintessentially Foundation and was a founder shareholder of Intelligence Squared. He is involved in numerous private and governmental philanthropic endeavours.
Owning a classic Feadship is both a pleasure and a privilege. The privilege comes from exploring and learning that you are part of a unique maritime heritage and that you are sharing an enduring legacy of the highest standards of design, engineering and craftsmanship.
Treasurer & Secretary of the Feadship Heritage Fleet
Arthur van Berge Henegouwen is owner of the 16-metre Ammerland, launched in 1966, and a Feadship director since 2012. Before coming into the Feadship family fold (Arthur and Dick van Lent are cousins), he built up the highly successful superyacht audio-video company van Berge Henegouwen Installaties. After selling the company in 2008 Arthur spent over two years on the board of Imtech Marine Group.
I fell in love with sailing as a child because my parents spent every spare hour between Easter and October cruising the Dutch lakes, firstly on a traditional gaff rigged boat and later on a motoryacht. Today I very much enjoy taking part in regattas and cruising on my classic Feadship. It is a privilege to meet so many other owners of these true gentlemen’s motoryachts.
American board member of the Feadship Heritage Fleet
Chapman became our first American member back in March 2014 with his 25-metre Feadship La Vie Vite, launched in 1952 as Anahita V. He is a professional racing car driver turned serial entrepreneur with businesses such as Merchant Services LTD and Delta Powerboats US.
Chapman is a vocal fan of what he describes as “the pedigree and quality that Feadship offers”. He and his wife, the author Kristin Ducote, find great inspiration out on the oceans and love the history that comes with owning a Feadship.
'The Way I Sea It' and we feel that FHF events in America will bring well-deserved attention to the Feadship community.
Board member of the Feadship Heritage Fleet
Robert van Tol is just the fourth owner of motor yacht Irene. With her 9.8 metres she was built in 1939 as one of a first series of the popular Van Lent Super Holland Kruisers.
Robert grew up around the Kaag Lakes, introducing him to the yachts built by the Feadship - Van Lent yard at a very young age. An internship at Feadship's marketing department in 2007 was the start of his career in the modern superyacht industry. Robert is specialised in association management and serves also on the board of the Dutch Society of Association Executives.
"Taking ownership of this classic beauty was a unique opportunity and has brought us a lot of joy and a great way to escape for the weekends. The events that are being organised bring together a diverse group of people, sharing the same passion and celebrating the heritage of these amazingly preserved yachts"
Board Member of the Feadship Heritage Fleet
Wim J. van Kampen (1948), since 1989 owner of the 10.5 metres New Wave, which was built in 1958 as the Contentus. Wim was born and raised in Voorburg near The Hague and founder of the WVK Real Estate Group, active in residential, new construction and commercial real estate as well in management insurance and financing. Wim has always been active as board member of several civil society organizations for example the Junior Chamber International (JCI), a network organization for personal development for enterprising young people and the Dutch Association of Real Estate Brokers (NVM), in which Wim fulfilled several board positions.
“When I saw Contentus it was love at first sight not knowing that it was a Feadship. Only later I realized that I had become part of a special and very unique family of ship owners with an impressive history throughout the world. It became a new wave in my life!”
Board Member of the Feadship Heritage Fleet
Marcel Fruytier and his wife Helen own the 14 meter Lemsteraak Schollevaer, launched in 1938. Marcel is an enthusiastic sailor and has participated in many races with the Schollevaer. The love for heritage also shows in his passion for rallying pre-war (English) sports cars. Marcel is a commercial and maritime lawyer. He worked for Wijsmuller as a inhouse counsel. He is the owner of Fruytier Lawyers in Business and has represented many shipyards and ship owners worldwide in all sort of cases. Marcel is also an entrepreneur and has been a co-founder of several successful start-ups. Marcel has been a member of the supervisory board of the Rabo Bank for many years as well as a board member of several family offices and family trusts.
"Being the owner of a Feadship and being part of that heritage is a privilege. We sailed the Schollevaer the first year our daughter was born in 1989 and took her on board. This year my daughter brought her son on board for the first time. Imagine that we might be able to pass this boat on to the next generation."